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بابِ پاكستان
Bab-e-Pakistan is located in Lahore
Location in Lahore
Coordinates31°28′55″N 74°21′13″E / 31.48194°N 74.35361°E / 31.48194; 74.35361Coordinates: 31°28′55″N 74°21′13″E / 31.48194°N 74.35361°E / 31.48194; 74.35361
LocationWalton, Lahore, Pakistan
DesignerAmjad Mukhtar[1]
Beginning dateNovember 2006 (2006-11)[2]
Dedicated toMuslim refugees who migrated to Pakistan during Partition of India
WebsiteBab-e-Pakistan Foundation

The Bab-e-Pakistan (Urdu: بابِ پاكستان , lit.'Gateway of Pakistan') is a national monument in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan which is being built on the site of one of the major Muslim refugee camps which operated in the aftermath of independence of Pakistan.[3]

The memorial was proposed in 1985, by the late Governor Ghulam Jilani Khan, and was approved immediately by the President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. The monument is designed by a Lahore-based architect Amjad Mukhtar,[1] who is a graduate from National College of Arts, Lahore. The monument has an area of 117 acres and will comprise a memorial block, library, park, museum, auditorium and art gallery.[4]

The project experienced some difficulty in getting started because of the unstable political situation following the death of President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq in 1988. A second attempt was made in 1991 with the support of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but again the project was stalled.[3] The third attempt has been during the administration of President Pervez Musharraf.[5] Construction work started and was due to be completed by 2014,[6] but still has not been completed as of 2022.

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  1. ^ a b "What is Bab-e-Pakistan? | BAB-E-PAKISTAN FOUNDATION". Archived from the original on 1 January 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  2. ^ Mubashir Hassan (14 August 2016). "Bab-e-Pakistan memorial still a dream after 31 years". The Nation. Lahore. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Bab-e-Pakistan Project". Government of Pakistan. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 29 November 2007.
  4. ^ Imran Adnan (27 February 2017). "Gateway to Pakistan: After 32 years, work on Bab-e-Pakistan begins - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Musharraf approves Bab-e-Pakistan construction". Government of Pakistan. 29 March 2004. Archived from the original on 7 April 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2007.
  6. ^ "Bab-e-Pakistan to be ready by August 2009". Daily Times of Pakistan. 6 April 2007. Retrieved 29 November 2007.